McConnell Elected to Broadcasters HOF
Aug. 8, 2017


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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Joe McConnell, who served as the radio voice of Purdue football from 1994 to 2009, has been elected to the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame. He will be inducted Nov. 3.

McConnell enjoyed a long and distinguished career. Beyond Purdue, his experience included 23 seasons in the National Football League as the voice of the Denver Broncos (1969), Minnesota Vikings (1971-76 and 1985-87), Chicago Bears (1977-84), Indianapolis Colts (1992-94) and Tennessee Oilers (1997-98); seven seasons in the National Basketball Association as the voice of the Phoenix Suns (1970-72) and Indiana Pacers (1972-77); and seven seasons in Major League Baseball as the voice of the Minnesota Twins (1978-79) and Chicago White Sox (1980-84).

McConnell also spent five seasons (1991-95) as lead voice for the NBA’s National Game of the Week. He has broadcast three Super Bowls, the NBA and ABA championships, the NBA All-Star Game and the American League Championship Series.

Additionally, McConnell broadcast Northwestern football (1988) and Indiana State (1978-79), DePaul (1984-88), Illinois (1987-88), Notre Dame (1987-88) and Northwestern men’s basketball (1989-94).

McConnell was honored with the AP/UPI Play-by-Play Sportscaster of the Year Award five times and was the Indiana Sportscaster of the Year in 2000 and the Illinois Sportscaster of the Year in 1981.

Upon his retirement as the voice of the Boilermakers, Purdue Athletics named the visiting team radio booth at Ross-Ade Stadium for McConnell.

McConnell is a 1962 graduate of Franklin College. His broadcasting career began in 1962 at Purdue’s campus radio station, WBAA. He served as assistant sports information director at Purdue from 1965 to 1967.

McConnell and his wife, Suzi, live in Indianapolis.

 

 

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